Official: Leonardo Ulloa follows Islam Slimani out the Leicester City exit door

Premier League outfit Leicester City have this evening confirmed that striker Leonardo Ulloa has departed the club.

Brighton & Leicester stints

Ulloa, 32, has spent the last 5 years of his career plying his trade in England, having first joined Brighton & Hove Albion from Spanish club Almeria in January of 2013.

After averaging almost a goal every 2 league games for the Seagulls, Ulloa was on the move once again after just 18 months at the Amex Stadium, when Leicester City agreed to splash out a then-club record £8 million on his signature.

The former San Lorenzo man’s time at the King Power Stadium has not proven quite as prolific as his stint with Brighton over the 4 years since, though, with a strong debut campaign with the Foxes, during which he started 29 Premier League games, having since led to a steady decline in game-time for Ulloa.

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND – AUGUST 01: Leonardo Ulloa of Leicester City during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Burton Albion v Leicester City at Pirelli Stadium on August 1, 2017 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

In fact, after managing a paltry 19 minutes on the pitch for Leicester during the opening half of last season, the South American returned to Brighton on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

Leicester say goodbye

But, after struggling for game-time with the Seagulls, too, rumours had long been rife that Ulloa would be allowed to depart Leicester on a permanent basis this summer.

And, as per an announcement across the Foxes’ social media platforms this evening, Ulloa has now officially moved on, with the veteran having joined Mexican outfit Pachuca on a permanent basis, becoming the second striker to leave the King Power in the space of 24 hours, following Islam Slimani’s move to Fenerbahce:

In a classy statement on the club’s official website, Leicester concluded with:

‘Since his arrival, Leonardo’s contribution to the Football Club has been a significant one and he will remain a popular figure among players, staff and supporters alike. Leicester City would like to thank him for all he has given to the Football Club and wish him and his family well with the next stage in his career.’

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